Juniors High Tea benefits childrenThe La Crescenta Woman's Club Juniors had their annual elegant High Tea on May 8 to benefit Operation Smiles, a nonprofit medical group that serves children who were born with facial deformities such as cleft palates.
A chocolate fountain, with a variety of fruits for dipping, and traditional English sandwiches were among the tasty offerings. New member Wendy Smith, a professional singer, crooned a few tunes while guests were arriving.
A talk was given about the organization and the patients they help by Ruth Warner, curator (president) of the Juniors. More than 200,000 babies are born with this condition around the world each year. The problem is not only physical; the young ones suffer shunning and rejection. Before and after pictures almost obviated the need for verbal explanation. Some had what appeared to be a minor cleft, but the severe condition of some of the others makes them unable to eat, to speak, socialize or smile — hence the name of the organization.